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How Texas Gets its Water (and Why You Need a Water Finding Company Before You Drill a Well in this State)

Summary: Finding water in Texas is much like finding water in other states, but it is important to know who to trust when finding a reliable source of groundwater. American Water Surveyors offers a cost-effective method of finding water that will produce long-lasting results.

Are you looking to drill a water well in the State of Texas? Before you do, you should contact American Water Surveyors. Having completed over 640 groundwater surveys in 22 states, we are qualified and experienced in the art of finding water.

How Texas Gets its Water

There are a few different sources of water in Texas. Water can either be collected from the surface (such as from rivers, lakes, or streams), from groundwater (accessed by wells that tap into aquifers), or a mix of surface and groundwater, rainwater, or springs.

The treatment needed in order to make that water safe to drink differs between regions and the method of collection used. By understanding where your water comes from, you will be able to better protect the quality and quantity of your water source and protect it from contaminants.

When it comes down to it, drilling water wells in Texas is no different than water well drilling in New Mexico, but you will still need a basic understanding of how a well is constructed and what questions to ask your driller before any drilling begins.

Find Water Before You Drill in Texas

Drilling for fresh water can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Whether you are already planning on drilling water wells in Texas or are looking at Texas drilling companies, consider having American Water Surveyors conduct an affordable groundwater survey on your property before you begin.

We have been hired not only by our clients directly, but have also assisted New Mexico well drillers, Texas well drillers, and water well drillers in other states, prior to any actual drilling taking place. Knowing the depth and yield before you drill a water well can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. It’s important to keep in mind that water well drillers get paid by the foot whether they find water or not. In comparison to this, our water finding services cost far less than drilling test wells or dry wells.

American Water Surveyors use the world’s leading technology to measure groundwater depths and yields from the surface, assisting a wide range of people including ranchers and farmers, municipalities, homeowners, real estate developers and golf course developers.

Find Water in Texas

No matter where you live, there is a universal need for clean water. It’s only big cities and densely populated areas have piped water. Everywhere else, aquifers (also known as groundwater) are often what provide clean, fresh water.

If you need a water finding company anywhere in the state of Texas, we can help. The only real, effective method of finding a groundwater source is through physics and seismoelectric technology. Our methods will not only save you time and money, they will also ensure that you have a reliable source of clean water for years to come.

Contact American Water Surveyors at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) or info@wefindwater.com to find out more or to request a quote.

January 30, 2019 at 12:49 pm Comments (0)

The Advantages of Digging Deeper When Finding Water

Summary: When it comes to drilling for a well, it’s important to drill deep in order to ensure that even during times of drought, you have access to clean groundwater sources. American Water Surveyors can help by finding not just a water source, but one deep enough for your current and future needs.

If you have ever had to dig a well, then you are all too familiar with how frustrating the process can be. It is a common practice to hire drillers, who will begin by drilling a series of test wells in order to find a groundwater source. The problem with this method is that drillers get paid by the foot, regardless of whether or not they hit water. This means that even after destroying your property by attempting to drill a series of unsuccessful dry wells, drillers would still get paid. Finding groundwater sources using this method can be costly and unsuccessful.

The Importance of Drilling Deep

Finding water with a test drill doesn’t always solve the problem. The trouble with some groundwater sources is that if they are too shallow, the water will dry up quickly if there is a drought or another issue that risks your groundwater yield.

If you are using a driller to locate your well, they unfortunately will not be able to tell you how deep or rich your groundwater source is upon finding it. Knowing the depth and yield before you drill a water well can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

American Water Surveyors is dedicated to being the premier service provider in the water-finding industry. We use the world’s leading edge technology to measure groundwater depths and yields. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second. By using our techniques, you will know exactly what you’re getting, before you drill. There are no surprises when you use this technology prior to digging your well.

The Growth of Water Surveying

When the modern oil industry grew in the early twentieth century, drilling was replaced by gravity, and then seismic surveying as its principal exploration methods. The seismic surveying used in the oil industry reduced exploration costs tenfold and oil exploration and development companies rapidly grew richer.

Unfortunately, seismic surveying is not as commonly used in the groundwater industry, which is still largely dominated by drillers, and by water dousing or witching, also known as divining. Skeptics have largely discounted these non-scientific methods of finding water wells, as today’s highly technological practices produce much more reliable and credible results.

American Water Surveyors use state-of-the art technology to find the best water available. Using portable discovery and drilling equipment, our water well surveyors have been bringing our services to many states throughout the southern USA and are able to travel to many other locations.

How American Water Surveyors Find Water

At American Water Surveyors, we help farmers, municipalities, homeowners, real estate developers, golf course developers, water well drillers, as well as anyone else who requires well locating or completion planning. Drilling can be effective, but it is a costly exploration method. You run a risk when you choose to drill prior to doing a water survey from the surface. The only way that you can be sure that you will have a deep well and a lasting water source is to survey the surface before you drill. Seismic exploration, which sees the fluids in rock and soil, can reduce drilling expenses dramatically when compared to methods in earlier use.Contact American Water Surveyors today to find out how you can achieve a deep well and a lasting water source.

January 13, 2019 at 11:11 am Comments (0)

American Water Surveyors Assists Wildlife Conservation Ranchers Video

Mr. Steve Coale shares his experience he had with our company finding water on his ranch in Montana and how important it was to his wildlife conservation project as an absentee landowner.  If you would like to contact American Water Surveyors about finding groundwater prior to drilling a water well on your property you can reach us at 877-734-7661, ext 1. Or visit our website wefindwater.com for more information about our services.

The link for the video is: https://vimeo.com/307360446
The focus in showcasing the conservation work by landowners includes the following:
1. Capture the vision of the landowner and what he or she wants to accomplish by balancing conservation with other activities, including livestock operations.
2. Note the successes and challenges regarding conservation work to date and work that is underway.
3. Document the changes that have taken place since the purchase of the property (wildlife friendly fencing, crops, forestry efforts, riparian restoration, fencing cattle out of the river, etc.)
4. Provide tips to other landowners, allowing them to leverage what has been learned.
5. Follow-up in five years to document the changes since the last spotlight. This ends up being a very important archival of conservation work on the ranch which will add tremendous value to the ranch.
If you’re also a landowner who would be interested in having the conservation work you are doing documented through video you can contact Mr. David Neils, Wild Nature Media for more information.
January 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm Comments (0)

Water: It is Now a Commodity When It Should be a Right

Summary: Water is no longer viewed as a right throughout much of the world. Due to the effects of climate change, erratic weather patterns, and the lack of water sustainability in regions like the Middle East, water is quickly becoming a commodity.

Most Western people take water for granted, due to the ease of access to water in North America. Unfortunately, water is a much more valuable resource in other parts of the world, including the Middle East. Although water should be a right, it has become a commodity throughout much of the world, as a result of its scarcity.

Drought in the Middle East

Countries like Jordan rely heavily on underground aquifers for their water, but this level of dependence is dangerous, as it makes Jordan vulnerable to anything that happens upstream of the Jordan River. What is also problematic is that Jordan is drawing 200 percent more water than is sustainable, which means that they are quickly drying up their only source of water and nearly guaranteeing that their country will be faced with drought. For a country in the Middle East that regularly experiences a hot, desert climate, the threat of drought is absolutely devastating. Water scarcity is directly related to food scarcity, which can lead to crime, violence, or even war. External threats like climate change, erratic weather patterns and the lack of water sustainability in regions like the Middle East have turned water into a commodity – and a valuable one at that.

Polluted Water Supplies

Even in areas where there is water to drink, locals cannot even be sure that it is safe. In Basra Governorate, which is south of Iraq, there have been over 100,000 cases of poisoning reported as a result of people drinking polluted and salty water. Tens of thousands of fish have also died due to an unidentified disease in the Euphrates River, which is south of Baghdad. Although many people are demanding that their governments find a solution to this problem or analyze their current water sources, not much has been done.

It is for these reasons that it is so important to find a deep, reliable source of groundwater when you choose to drill your own well. Thankfully, American Water Surveyors can help you determine where to dig, as well as the quality of groundwater available to you through our products and services.

Contact American Water Surveyors Today

People who don’t live in urban areas where clean water is piped in need to have access to well water that is safe to drink. However, water well drillers often depend on antiquated or guesswork methods to determine where water may be found. When you decide to dig your own well, make sure that you get it right the first time by contacting American Water Surveyors before you begin. Our water finding services take the guesswork away for drillers, and this can save you thousands of dollars. We use state-of-the-art technology to provide our clients with the important service of finding groundwater depth, yields, and suitability, prior to costly drilling. The technology that we implement into our groundwater surveys has been successfully used for over a decade to determine the location, depth, yield, and flow of groundwater sources. Contact American Water Surveyors today by emailing info@wefindwater.com or calling us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) to request additional information.

January 1, 2019 at 11:20 am Comments (0)

Three Reasons to get the DVD “Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled”

More than 50 per cent of the United States population relies on groundwater for drinking water, especially those who live in rural areas. However, the number one user of groundwater is the agriculture industry, as it uses water to irrigate crops. Groundwater can be found almost everywhere, and the speed at which it flows depends on the size of the spaces in the soil or rock and how well these spaces are connected. Rain and snow melt that seeds down into the cracks of the land’s surface is how groundwater supplies are replenished. There are two ways to extract this water — naturally through springs, lakes and streams, or artificially through a well or pump.

Drilling for water can be expensive, so we have put together a DVD to help you understand the process and save you money on your project.


Here are three reasons why you need Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled.

Save Money Many homeowners across the United States are turning to well water over the municipal supply for financial advantages. Once your private water well is drilled, you no longer have to pay costly monthly water bills because the water pumped from the ground is free — no matter how much water you use! You will have to budget for periodic well maintenance and a filtration system, but a private well is a long-term investment with a definite financial return. Our DVD explains how your water well will be drilled. Understanding the process helps you select the best driller for your property.

Better Health The municipal water supply is treated with chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals that add to the overall flavor of the water. This is why people buy filtration systems for their kitchen sinks or prefer bottled water (even though plastic bottles have a significant environmental impact). Well water has a softer and milder taste, which many private well owners find cleaner and more refreshing, because of the natural filtration process that the aquifers provide. Imagine if you could have access to water that not only tastes better but isn’t full of chemicals, 24-hours a day every day of the week! This is what you can enjoy if you drill a water well on your property. Learn how with our DVD Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled.

Sustainability As briefly mentioned in reason #2, those who do not like the taste of tap water will often turn to other alternatives such as bottled water. However, it takes approximately 450 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose in a landfill. Not only is water from a well a more eco-friendly alternative to bottled water, it is also has less of an impact than the municipal supply.

Get the DVD Today

Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled is a must for any property owner looking to drill a well. Get the DVD today, and contact us to find the best and most reliable groundwater source on your land.

December 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm Comments (0)

Three Reasons to Get the Book What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well

When it comes to drilling wells, there are many more ways to do it wrong than to do it right. That is why we here at American Water Surveyors have decided to write the literal book on well drilling. The book, What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well, talks about everything that you need to know as someone needing a well drilled on your property, from cost to technology and what to expect from the experience. Here are just a few ways in which our book will help you get the well you need.

  1. Learn the terminology

Like every specialized trade out there, water finding and well drilling get very technical very quickly. For most people, that means they can’t fully understand what’s being communicated with them simply because they are unfamiliar with the terms and lingo used by professionals. What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well gives you a walkthrough of the processes and language used by well water experts, so you can talk with them about what they are doing and help yourself understand what’s happening.

  1. Learn About the Process

Technology has come a long way when it comes to water finding and well drilling. Back in the day, it consisted of little more than someone making a guess, drilling down and testing the results. Today, advanced leaps in seismoelectric technology means professional water finders can determine the source and reliability of a water source before drilling.

We use a patented machine called a GF3500 that shoots special pulses down into the earth. These pulses give back readings that detect water bearing zones underground, between the rock and soil. By reading these pulses, a water finding expert will determine the reliability, draw, and potential of an underground water source. That means when you do drill, the source is more likely going to provide a clean and reliable water source that does not run dry in a few years.

With our many years of experience, we have seen too many property owners rely on guess work or “water witching” to find a well site. Our book takes the guess work out of the equation so you can save time and money when drilling a well, and get a well with the depth and volume you need.

  1. Save Money

The best thing this book can do for you is help you save money. In the early chapters of What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well, you will learn how to save money more than anything else. The book shows you the most effective ways to find water and drill wells. Effective planning means saving money because well drillers charge by the foot. If a technician drills a dry well, you still have to pay the driller, so knowing where the water is means big savings. Having a reliable well saves on a re-drilling too, since a properly sourced well should not quickly run dry.

Need a Well? Get the Book Today

Find out why a groundwater survey can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Can water witches really find water, or is it just random luck? When interviewing well drillers do you know what questions to ask? The answers are in this book.

Should you select the driller with the lowest bid? Does experience matter? After the well driller drills the well, who installs the pump, runs the electrical lines and handles the plumbing? Does the driller provide a turnkey price? The answers are in this book.

What type of well development method will the driller use to ensure maximum yield from your well? Is well development included in the driller’s quote? The answers are in this book.

What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well is an invaluable resource for anyone who is thinking about finding well water on their property, whether it is for personal, agricultural or industrial use. Armed with the right knowledge, you will be able to better understand the technology and terminology that goes into well drilling and finding water, and you will be able to save money along the way. With our book, you can start the process of finding clean and reliable sources of water hidden deep beneath your property.

December 8, 2018 at 9:24 am Comments (0)

Live Near a Farm? Here is why you Need a Water Finding Service Before Drilling a Well


When living in a farming community or area, you are most likely reliant on well water as the main source of water for your home or farmstead. While water may be in a lot of locations under the ground at any given moment, you need to find the proper location before you drill a well. You don’t see oil companies just drilling randomly to find their sources of wealth, so you shouldn’t for drill randomly for finding water either. Wells are expensive to drill, as drilling companies often charge by the foot. Blindly drilling can be costly if you don’t hit a good enough source, because you are charged whether the water drillers find water or not. This is where water finding services come in.

Seismic Technology

Finding water has advanced over the recent years with more technologies on the market. The days of dowsing or witching for groundwater are out, and now water finding service companies can help you find that perfect location for your well by scientifically analyzing the area. The most commonly used technology for finding good sources of water is a seismoelectric survey instrument such as the GF3500, which is able to detect electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. By using such instruments, a surveyor analyses up to 20 sites per day to find just the right place and depth to drill for a well.

Not only does the GF3500 find water, it can also give information such as the depth and the quality of the water as the signal penetrates the aquifer and the surveyor analyses the signal sent to the software. Having enough water for what you need is important, especially if you are using it for a farm and not just a household.

Location, Location, Location

Finding water just anywhere is not ideal either, as many locations can be compromised by various issues. A water finding service will understand the risks and laws of where a well needs to be located, or not located. You aren’t going to want a well that is too close to a sewer, septic tank, near a pasture, on-lot sewage system absorption field, cesspool, barnyard or silo. As well, groundwater that is within 10 feet of the surface is not something you want either as it’ll be more susceptible to contamination.

A Sustainable Source

Using the information gathered by a seismoelectric survey, a water finding company can also determine whether the aquifer they have found is going to be useable long-term. With blind drilling, the drilling company may drill too fast or too far and miss a source of water, or drill too shallow in an aquifer and produce a less-than-ideal well that can’t keep up with demands. Farmers that are using groundwater for irrigation of their fields may be using the same aquifer that intersects with your property, so you’ll want to know if adding another well is going to be viable, particularly during growing seasons when the aquifer is being drained. (During off seasons it will be recovering and likely be able to handle the extra well.)

Contact us Today for a Water Finding Survey

If you are looking to put a well on your farm and want to ensure a safe, quality water source, contact American Water Surveyors today.

November 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm Comments (0)

The Difference Between a Dowsing Rod and the GF3500 Seismoelectric Survey Instrument

Summary: A dowsing rod won’t help you find water like the GF3500. Here’s why.

When it comes to finding water underground, there are a few options available to people and companies. Some of these options include dowsing rods, which will likely not help you find water, and tools like American Water Surveyors’ GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument, that are pretty much guaranteed to find water. What are these techniques and why is choosing a professional water surveying company the right choice?

First, it’s best to explain the differences between the GF3500 and dowsing rods, and how each works.

The GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument is a tool used by American Water Surveyors to help locate and determine the viability of water sources hidden deep underground. The device uses seismoelectric technology that sends pulses through the earth. Those pulses are then sent to a console for the user to investigate. Since water changes the pulses, the findings can actually visually represent the location and depth of the water. Based on the findings, the user can then determine if water exists below and even make educated assessments on whether that water is a viable source for a well.

A dowsing rod, by contrast, is a stick, usually with a y-shaped split at the end, used to sense where water may be. The process is based on divination, a non-scientific method in which someone who can sense the resources underground can focus their senses through the dowsing rod. While dowsing has long been abandoned in favor of more scientific and conclusive water finding methods, there is still a large group of people throughout the world who practice dowsing.

The main difference between dowsing and the GF3500 is, quite simply, that one is based on science and the other is based on superstition. Dowsing rods date back hundreds if not thousands of years, to times long before we based out knowledge on science and fact. While they sometimes worked, this was purely random or coincidence. Today, much more scientific options are available. Since dowsing is so unreliable, it can lead to lots of unnecessary excavation, costing you time and money.

This is why the difference between dowsing rods and scientific instruments matter: one can save you money while the other will mostly likely cost you time and money. By using American Water Surveyors, you can determine water sources and their viability before starting to dig, meaning you could spend less time and effort trying to find something that isn’t there. In the end, that will save you money and won’t waste your time. Plus, by going with a professional water surveying company, you could potentially find multiple water sources, so you can have multiple wells ready for a consistent supply of water.

People have been trying to find water underground for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that technology was created that can find reliably find water sources. With instruments like the GF3500, we can now look deep underground before excavation and determine the presence and viability of water sources below.

To learn more, visit American Water Surveyors.

November 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm Comments (0)

Why You Should Call a Water Finding Company for Your Golf Course Development

Summary: American Water Surveyors takes the guesswork out of determining whether your potential golf course site has access to a reliable groundwater resource. Protect yourself from a lack of suitable water by having a groundwater survey conducted on your property before any digging commences.

The quality of a golf course is often defined by the landscape, but maintaining the landscape is difficult due to economic and environmental strains. Water is critical to the day-to-day operations of a golf course. Without a suitable water source, the property isn’t able to sustain the long-term health of their course and this can have a huge impact on overall client satisfaction and revenue. Today we will discuss how golf developers can determine the quality and management of the water they need to run the course.

Create A Water Budget

How much water is needed each year to keep the turf of your golf course healthy? Does your golf facility use water efficiently, and can you prove it? If you were unable to answer these questions than you need to create a water budget! The only way you can efficiently manage your golf course’s resources is to measure the use and consumption of them. A water budget allows you to estimate the amount of water needed to irrigate the golf course each month, and this estimate can be used as a benchmark to compare future water use too. As monthly water-use data is tracked, you can get a proper indication of the efficiency of your golf course’s irrigation system. This will allow you to find more innovative solutions for water optimization that will not only save you money, but also protect the environment. Regulators, water district personnel, golf course officials, and other entities will also want access to water use documentation, so it is important to keep track of it.

Call A Water Finding Company

After the creation of your water budget, and before the development of your golf course, you need determine whether or not a potential site has a reliable water source. One of the most common limitations that restricts the development of golf courses is the lack of suitable water. Instead of trying to guess whether or not a potential golf course site has an adequate water supply, a water finding company will accurately determine if groundwater is available and whether or not it will yield the required volume for your golf course. Hiring a water finding company will help you avoid purchasing a site that is dry or has low-quality groundwater; planning ahead saves you time and money. In areas where the protection of land or groundwater quality is critical due to soil type, surface groundwater, or other factors, a golf course is required to have a plan that prevents potential adverse impacts.

Contact American Water Surveyors Today

Make sure that your golf course has continuous access to a fresh and clean groundwater by contacting American Water Surveyors today. We are dedicated to being the premier service provider in the water finding industry. We map the transmissivity of water from the surface and estimate yield in gallons per minute or liters per second. We ensure that your groundwater resource is suitable for all of your needs. Email us at info@wefindwater.com or call us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) to find out more.


October 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm Comments (0)

Where’s the Best Spot to Put a Well When You Live Next to a Feedlot?

Summary: Digging a well near a feedlot can be very risky if you do not leave it up to a professional to locate a safe spot to dig. In order to avoid the risk of contamination in your water, call American Water Surveyors for help.

If you live outside of the city, you are likely dependent on well water. However, what happens when you have to dig a well when you live near a feedlot? American Water Surveyors is here to help!

What to Consider When Placing a Well Near a Feedlot

There are a lot of factors to consider when digging a well, especially when that well is located in close proximity to a feedlot. It’s imperative to maintain a safe distance between wells and any contamination sources that may exist in the area. Farm animal feedlots are a source of contamination for your well as they can lead to manure and fertilizer discharge, which can contaminate the surrounding natural environment. Depending on each individual situation, there is a distance that must be measured and maintained between any feedlot and the well that you are looking to dig.

How to Locate the Perfect Spot for a Well

Now that you know to maintain your distance from the feedlot, you are ready to set up the well, right? Unfortunately, no. There are many factors to consider before beginning to dig, and American Water Surveyors can assist you with all of them. If you pay a well driller to come out and dig you a test well, did you know that they may never hit water? Water well drillers actually get paid by the foot, whether they find water or not! Their job is simply to dig, and that is what they do. Unlike water well drillers, American Water Surveyors has created a simple and straightforward method of finding water, all without digging. We can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars with our technology. Through the use of seismic surveying instruments and physics, we not only locate groundwater supplies in advance of drilling – we are also able to measure groundwater depths and yields. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, while yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second. Seismoelectrics is the technique of choice for all cost-conscious groundwater users.

Contact Us Today for More

At American Water Surveyors, we pride ourselves on being the premier service provider in the water finding industry. We have completed over 640 groundwater surveys in 22 states, including: Texas, Arizona, Kansas, Montana, Alabama, Tennessee, Wyoming, and Maryland. No matter where you are located in the United States, we will come to you. If you need to install a groundwater well in proximity to a feedlot, you cannot afford to take any chances. With the help of American Water Surveyors, you will not only find groundwater – we will locate a source of safe, fresh groundwater that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

September 20, 2018 at 6:44 pm Comments (0)

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